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Karaoke cancelled in Québec, but only two active cases of COVID-19 in Argenteuil on September 11

Across the MRC d’Argenteuil as of Friday, September 11, there were 126 cumulative cases of COVID-19, which was an increase from 124 cumulative cases on Tuesday, September 8.  However, the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Argenteuil as of September 11 had decreased to two from nine on September 8, according to the CISSS des Laurentides regional health authority.

There were no COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care or other group living facilities in the MRC d’Argenteuil as of September 11, and the number of COVID-19 deaths in the MRC d’Argenteuil remained at nine.

The hospitals in St-Jérôme and St-Eustache are the two COVID-19 receiving hospitals for the Laurentides region.  As of September 11, there were no patients with COVID-19 being treated at either facility but one employee at the hospital in St-Jérôme and two employees at the hospital in St-Eustache had tested positive for COVID-19 in the past seven days.

Québec COVID-19 statistics

There were 64,463 cumulative cases of COVID-19 across Québec as of Friday, September 11, which an increase from 63,976 cumulative cases on Tuesday, September 8.  According to the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), 56,843 cases across Québec were resolved as of September 10, which means that approximately 88.1 per cent of the 64,463 cases were resolved and that there were approximately 7,620 active cases across Québec on September 11.

There were 111 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Québec on September 11 and 12 of those patients were in intensive care.

As of September 11, there had been 5,774 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 across Québec, which was an increase of four deaths from September 8.

No more karaoke

On Friday, September 11, public health authorities and the Ministry of Health and Social Services announced that karaoke at bars, community centres, and other facilities was suspended due to the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

This decision followed some cases of transmission that have occurred in recent weeks, most notably at a bar in Québec City.  The projection of respiratory droplets when people sing, the proximity between the participants and the sharing of common objects, in particular microphones, were among the reasons for suspending karaoke.

Karaoke activities organized in a private place bringing together people who do not live at the same address are strongly discouraged.

All bar owners across Québec are required, as of September 11, to keep a register of customers who enter their establishment. This practice, which was already encouraged, aims to further facilitate the identification of contacts by public health authorities in the event of contamination.

James Morgan

James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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